Western liberal democracy would be wrong for China?

The Chinese National Congress of the Communist Party is scheduled on 8th November. During the Congress the new leaders of China will be announced. Therefore more and more eyes turn to Chinese politics at the moment. Below is an interesting debate just before the Congress opens.

Intelligence Squared Debate – ‘Western Liberal Democracy would be wrong for China’

London,  7th November 2012

6.45 – 8.30pm: Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street

Speakers for the motion: Martin Jacques, Zhang Weiwei

Speakers against the motion: Anson Chan, Jonathan Mirsky

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

Understanding Contemporary China 2-3/4

Martin Jacques is an author, economist, broadcaster and speaker. He is the author of  When China Rules The World. He has studied about China for a long time and has his unique angles to interpret a modern China. Here is the link to his website: http://www.martinjacques.com/

Listen on BBC Podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/pov#playepisode2

or BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01ngrxd/

Understanding contemporary China 2/4

Fri, 19 Oct 12  Duration: 11 mins

Martin Jacques presents his personal view on how best to understand contemporary China, its development and its possible future.

Understanding contemporary China 3/4

Fri, 26 Oct 12   Duration: 11 mins

Martin Jacques presents a personal view on how best to understand the unique characteristics and apparent mysteries of contemporary China, its development and its possible future.  In this third talk, he explores the nature of race in China.

Websites for Chinese Learning

Some useful websites with great free learning materials– we involved with the work for some of the videos in BBC Primary! 😉

BBC Chinese learning:-


Chinese for pre-schools:-

The Lingo Show


Songs for small children:-


The Wei’s songs are Chinese.


Chinese for primary:-



Chinese for adult learners:-

China Central Television’s online courses



Audio on-line lessons






BBC News: More students migrating to Asia to find work

Increasing numbers of students from Western countries who face the prospect of being unemployed after graduation are choosing to move east to Asia.

With booming economics and low jobless rates Chinese universities in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai have become particularly popular, drawing the best and brightest from the US and Europe.

Click to watch the video report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20010742


Education China provides job opportunities of teaching English in China. We have started to recruit applicants for February 2013 start. Please be in contact if interested. To know more about teaching in China, please click here.


Understanding Contemporary China 1/4

Martin Jacques presents a personal view on how best to understand the unique characteristics and apparent mysteries of contemporary China, its development and its possible future. In a new series of talks he sets out the building blocks for making sense of China today.

Martin Jacques is the author of ‘When China Rules the World’.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 8:50AM Sun, 14 Oct 2012

  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8:50PM Fri, 12 Oct 2012
  • Duration 10 minutes

Click to listen on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01n6vp4/

Or click to read in BBC News Magazine: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19929620

China: As History Is My Witness

Programme on BBC Radio 4 about Chinese history.

  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9:00PM Fri, 12 Oct 2012
  • Duration 58 minutes

Click to listen on iPlaye:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01n9v4d/

Riding Home from China to Paris

Two handsome French guys, who speak fluent Chinese and both work in Beijing, decided to use 1 year of time to cycle from China to Paris. Their journey started  in March 2009. Did they finish? What difficulties did they have? What did they see? Watch these interesting 12 episodes of TV programmes on line:


First time broadcast:22:30, 25 October, 2010
First time broadcast channel: Travel Satellite TV (旅游卫视)
Column:Documentary, Ride Home from China to Paris (骑车回巴黎)

My Story: Chinese (BBC iPlayer)


Pre-school history series. Children discover their own and their family’s history through fun, adventure and play. Mummy Nancy shares her memories with her daughter Yvonne. Together they find out all about what life was like growing up in China, and get to meet some very special visitors from China too.

  • Available until3:44PM Fri, 19 Oct 2012
  • First broadcastCBeebies, 4:30PM Fri, 28 Sep 2012
  • Duration15 minutes

New Term Started!

Inspiring Chinese Course 2012 Autumn Term started on 3 October in Hove College. We look forward to another 10 weeks of learning this fascinating language and culture!

The Mid-Autumn Festival party is postponed to 20 October, 5pm-9pm. Contents include Chinese dumplings making/eating, moon cakes tasting and watching Chinese film…. 🙂